Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

Sat 14 Oct 2017Mon 29 Jan 2018



Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

Discover a passionate film-maker – admire a screen legend – celebrate a local hero

Curated by the Western Australian Museum and presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Western Australia

Film legend Heath Ledger was a charismatic movie star who pushed the boundaries of acting in his iconic roles. This unique exhibition has been curated in collaboration with his family and close friends. From his teenage years in Western Australia to his final role as Tony in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009), the exhibition follows a career driven by the actor’s passion for creativity.

Ledger worked with some of cinema’s great directors, actors and crews to achieve unforgettable performances in a range of genres. Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures will celebrate his screen career with the display of costumes, including the Joker suit from The Dark Knight (2008), and the iconic shirts of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist from Brokeback Mountain (2005).

On display for the first time, will be Ledger’s research journals revealing the actor’s deep commitment to his profession and how he developed key roles. Awards such as his Best Supporting Actor Oscar and BAFTA for The Dark Knight highlight his achievements in the film industry. Ledger’s celebrity status is reflected in portraits by noted international photographers such as Karin Catt, Platon and Bruce Weber.

A chronological narrative of his acting career will be intertwined with his creative investigations into image-making under the influences of visionary directors Ang Lee, Terry Gilliam and Todd Haynes. Photographic stills and moving images will offer a glimpse of Ledger behind-the-scenes and reveal his creative projects as a director.


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For a full list of the exciting public programs please visit the Art Gallery of Western Australia's website.

Please note that the Art Gallery of Western Australia is closed on Tuesdays

Competition - London's Calling

Caption: Competition - London's Calling!

Fill out an entry form at the Art Gallery WA while you are visiting the Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures exhibition for your chance to win an amazing trip for two to London.

Terms and conditions can be found on the Heath Ledger competition page.

Good luck!

Venue - the Art Gallery of WA (AGWA)

Caption: The main entrance to the Art Gallery of Western Australia.
Image courtesy the Art Gallery of Western Australia. 

AGWA is located in the Perth Cultural Centre. It is open Wednesday to Monday, from 10am to 5pm and closed on select public holidays.

Information on public tranport, parking, and accessibility can be found under Plan Your Visit on the AGWA website.

Exhibition Partners

Presented in Partnership

Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures

Image courtesy Karin Catt photographer